Firefighters continue to fight hot spots at Bartow plant

by: Craig Lucie Updated:


BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News was there as the owners of a Bartow County plant, that's been burning since Friday morning, arrived at the scene.

"We're just devastated. We really are," Brenda Dunn told Channel 2's Craig Lucie.

Brenda and Reid Dunn cut their trip to the Bahamas short and walked up to see firefighters dousing the flames that took away what they built in 1985.

"The closer I got, I was just overcome. It's our life. It's everything we worked and believe me we worked," explained Brenda Wood.

A Channel 2 Action News photographer was there right after neighbors reported hearing multiple explosions that caused them to jump out of bed.

They said the Mouldings Unlimited plant off U.S. 411 in White, Georgia went up in flames fast.

Bartow County Fire Rescue dispatched everyone available Friday morning, but it's still not enough to put the hot spots out.

"Personnel-wise, it's pretty much a nightmare. We've had to call in off-duty personnel," said Bartow County Battalion Chief Sandy Turner.

Firefighters are working in 12-hour shifts and will be for days.

"It could be a week. It depends on how long it takes to get the metal out of the way," Turner told Lucie.

The metal is the tin roof that collapsed on top of the 157,000 square foot plant that protected dry wood windows, cabinets and moldings. All of it was perfect fuel for the fire that may continue to burn, but it won't stop the Dunn's from starting all over again.

"We gotta rebuild. We gotta keep going," said Dunn.

Firefighters say they won't have a clue as to what started it until heavy equipment can move the metal out of the way. They say it's too dangerous to try and go inside the plant right now.